By Ângela Campos
This publication explores the lived reminiscence of the Portuguese colonial battle (1961-1974) in the course of the research of thirty-six oral background interviews with ex-combatants of this clash. The meanings that the opponents attributed to their struggle stories then and now are the book’s analytical concentration. This venture seeks to respond to the next questions: how has the general public reminiscence of this colonial clash constructed in Portugal from 1974 to nearly 2010? what concerns does an oral historian come upon while engaging in interviews with veterans on a earlier that continues to be disturbing for lots of? what have been – and are – the main major facets of the battle event and its aftermath for the veterans? how do the veterans understand their team id and their ancient state of affairs? and what leading edge views does oral historical past supply to the historiography of the Portuguese colonial war?
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Consequently, a more comprehensive model has necessarily to integrate the interrelational, interactive processes of representation and meaning- making that develop within those arenas. This integration benefits greatly from a third paradigm that also devotes its attention to war memory and uses oral history and life-story methods—the popular memory approach or life-story paradigm. Despite sharing a common object of study and primary concerns, this approach is not always favored or acknowledged by researchers working within the state-centered and social-agency paradigms.
Politically, economically, and socially, this was the beginning of a new historical cycle for Portugal, marked by decolonization. 16 In the following years, the difficulties of a former colonial empire trying to come to terms with its redefined European borders were plentiful. In the aftermath of 1974, the tendency in Portugal was to forget those years of armed conflict, avoiding as much as possible potential national division. 17 From 1974 onward, their image was almost exclusively associated with the revolution, and not so much with their participation in the colonial conflict.
An Oral History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 11. 27. Ultramar is the terminology associated with the previous regime. ” For a lengthier discussion on the conflict’s nomenclature, see Chap. 3. 28. Teixeira, Nova História Militar (Vol. 4, 2004), 68. 29. , Guerra Colonial (Lisbon: Editorial Notícias, 2001), 20. INTRODUCTION 17 30. When not present in the main text, relevant book titles or similar Portuguese sources cited can be found in full in the Works Cited and Consulted section.
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